Comic 1323 - Early Stages

11th Dec 2020, 9:25 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Early Stages
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 11th Dec 2020, 9:25 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
I think this page kinda speaks for itself, so I'm not sure what to add down here. I hope you like it, though. And if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please don't hesitate to share. ^_^


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Syter6 11th Dec 2020, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Syter6
We need to see rudy in ryan's school uniform!
Ruby in uniform 11th Dec 2020, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
For some reason, I can picture Ruby tweaking the uniform a bit... I'm also thinking we need to see Ryan leave wearing clothing he's much more comfortable in....
Fourth Nate 11th Dec 2020, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
We kinda already did! In the first appearance of "Ruby" http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/144/
Although Ryan wears the dress/jumper version rather than just the skirt
hanna 11th Dec 2020, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
cole is so goddamn cute
Jocelyn 11th Dec 2020, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@hanna

Ryan. There is nobody in the story named Cole. :/
Chrissy 11th Dec 2020, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
He is definitely NOT Cole... Too close to his old name for his comfort... http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1064
Daisy 11th Dec 2020, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Ryan’s shocked face oh my god and Rudy’s “well if you’re offering” they’re both adorable. Honestly this comic brings me so much joy. Especially on bad days I am always looking forward to a new Rain page. Thanks so much Jocelyn! <3
THE LOVER OF FRUIT 11th Dec 2020, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
I AGREE <3
Drake Zephyr 11th Dec 2020, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Ruby School Girl uniform coming soon???
Kenzie 11th Dec 2020, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Kenzie
That's so kind of Rudy :'), and he's right buying a whole new wardrobe after coming out is rrrrrooouuuuggghhhhh
Some Ed 11th Dec 2020, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
I understand that different people are different, and I even know people who went through the whole 'buying a whole new wardrobe after coming out' thing, so it should not be a shock to me that people do this.

But, back in the day, I was friends with enough people who did the whole 'buying the whole wardrobe before coming out' terror track that it still throws me for a loop sometimes. To be fair, standing guard for someone in the changing room, and running interference to make their selecting clothes to try on seem plausibly like they're buying clothes for a significant other was a rather memorable experience.

Just to be clear: for traditional mental health reasons, you did things in the best order. But some people have issues such that the horse has to push the cart. :/

Also, doing things in the order you did them saves one from answering the question of why one has suddenly started wearing the clothes that one had gotten for that girlfriend that they never introduced to their friends and family.
Jocelyn 11th Dec 2020, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
It really comes down to that there's no one-size-fits-all experience. We're, all of us, different. And that's okay. ^_^

For my part, I was doing everything little by little, back in the day. Came out to a few people. Some of them helped me acquire clothes by sending them up to the register with my money. Then I'd come out to more people, sometimes wearing the new clothes. Then I'd slowly buy more and more stuff on my own over time. It was a real back and forth process. For me, at least.

I don't know if that was better or worse than any other method. But for me, at that time and at that place, it worked out. Maybe it's not the best way for someone else, but it did the trick for me.
ClothesAndStyle 21st Dec 2020, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
The assumed awkwardness of this has perhaps something to do with the ”direction” you are moving with the gender presentation. I was never that skirty/dressy type (just like Ryan here), so the clothes I wore before and after social transition were pretty much the same... androgynous style, one could say. (Also I had short hair and no makeup, so perhaps it depends on the culture around you as well, my not being in the States)

I also kind of resent the strict classification of clothes as women’s or men’s clothes, as if a sweater or jogging pants would miraculously suit just one gender, depending on the colour. It would be ideal if there were all kinds of clothes for all kinds of body types, and these were not tied together like ”if you are busty, you just have to present feminine”.
00Stevo 11th Dec 2020, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
00Stevo
These two are so much fun. Very adorkable
Guest 11th Dec 2020, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
This, Rainily, and MarNel are my OTPs.

Also, Rudy is so kind! And Ryan is such a dork. Scratch that, both are dorks.
Guest 11th Dec 2020, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
I feel like Rudy could make a lot of mischief with a senior collar
arkathenia 11th Dec 2020, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Rudy is such a good friend <3 I never did realize Ryan was around Rudy's height, I thought he was taller than Rudy. This is such a cute development <3 Omg <3 Omg Rudy will get to be a schoolgirl now! Omg!!!! ^^ <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Terra 12th Dec 2020, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
To be honest, I get the author knows for 100% certain who Ryan is...but realistically this character JUST got exposed to the concept and we are already have two kids talking about full on transition.

Which to be honest I would say that Farra as an adult would have realistically taken Rain to a therapist to be sure before accepting a new job and putting her career at risk over her niece going to a school where it would have been even more of a big deal then your average school.

I mean Rudy already assumed once before something about a character's identity and was wrong, shouldn't he be a bit more hesitant about assuming and encouraging Ryan to be a boy rather then caution the possibility of other explinations?
Jocelyn 12th Dec 2020, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Terra

> I would say that Farra as an adult would have realistically taken Rain to a therapist to be sure before accepting a new job and putting her career at risk over her niece going to a school where it would have been even more of a big deal then your average school.

It's not as though Rain came out to Fara the night before the first day of school, you know. She's been in her aunt's care for years. Fara's had a lot of time to observe Rain for herself to know it wasn't a passing phase or anything. Then Rain has actually gone to therapy before St. Hallvard too (it didn't go well, but it happened). As for the school, Fara left that choice up to Rain. Rain decided to go to it, and for all the hiccups she's faced, she is at the other side of the school year now.

Was it a risk? Sure. So is transition in general. But it's a risk we take because we have to. And in my opinion, it's been more than worth the risk.


> realistically this character JUST got exposed to the concept and we are already have two kids talking about full on transition.

Ryan's known for months. See this page where he comes out (occuring in mid-March), and it's June in canon now. He may still be fairly new to the concept, but it's so easy to learn about this stuff.

And they're just talking about the early stages of transition; just starting out. This page is literally called "Early Stages". He's not talking about surgery next week. He's talking about preparing to take his first steps in the future.


> shouldn't he be a bit more hesitant about assuming and encouraging Ryan to be a boy rather then caution the possibility of other explinations

Rudy's not assuming anything. Ryan told him he's trans (see previous link). Rudy is simply trusting and supporting his friend; why even would he doubt how well Ryan knows himself?

If Ryan were to hypothetically realize he's not trans after all, he can cross that bridge when he gets to it (though you're right, that's not what I'm going for). He's actually been taking things pretty slowly and cautiously for his own safety and comfort, though, so it's pretty safe to assume he's given this some thought.
JasonBaphomet 12th Dec 2020, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
As a young trans guy myself I am absolutely stoked to see Ryan's process through transitioning! Its different than a trans women's transition might be like so the contrast is gonna be really cool to see.
Catlife333 13th Dec 2020, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Ahh They’re so cute, I love it! xD
Anonymous Gay 13th Dec 2020, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Back when I started reading this comic when I was 9 (yes, I know), I thought that two or three trans people in one school would be absurd. Then I went to high school, had my trans awakening, and I'm now one of, like, 10 out trans guys in my grade. Funny how that works. Not sure what sparked this thought, but just thought it was humorous.
Absentia 18th Apr 2021, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
So, I've been thinking. Rudy's going to a public school next year. Do you think he's going to be more open with his crossdressing? Like, do you think there would ever be a day when he actually goes to school as Ruby?
Absentia 2nd May 2021, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
I just realized Rudy's gonna be free to dress as Ruby at school as much as he wants now.
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